Had a great meeting today in Hendersonville, NC. Susan Cano (Riji in the Sogetsu School) gave a presentation on the manipulation of plant materials. The process of changing the appearance and presentation of design materials feels more akin to painting and sculpture, with many of the same considerations relating to space, line, color, surface, texture, theme, emotion, and deconstruction. By cutting some of the materials down into more basic elements, Susan showed us how to see the possibilities from a whole new perspective. A branch of Holly became a smaller cluster of berries, a separate cluster of leaves and a sculptural line element of bare branches. Another example included the deconstruction of stems of Gladioli that were cut down into individual flowers - completely changing the appearance. The manipulation and deconstruction of Monstera, Aspidistra, Equisetum, New Zealand Flax, Asparagus Fern and Eucalyptus was very inspiring and will be most useful in designing Free Style arrangements.
And so, this is how my own arrangement ended up after the demonstration and workshop today. It reminds me of Bob Marley's song about "three little birds" - I just love that happy song.